Rosh Hashanah holiday begins Wednesday night October 20th to Friday October 22nd, followed by Shabbos, October 23rd.
On Rosh Hashanah, the most universal of all Jewish holidays, we commemorate the creation of the human being. Creation began with one human being called Adam so all of humanity would know that there is one creator. Adam contained the souls of all people, men and women, of all nations,for generations to come. The prayers of Rosh Hashanah are designed for us to tap into the original divine vision and purpose for creation. In so doing, our souls are uplifted and we can receive a glimpse of the people God wants us to be. On Rosh Hashanah we usher in the auspicious period of time known as The Ten Days of Teshuva. It is said that during this time period our fate, our sustenance on a personal and communal level is determined. We can increase our blessings on every level and can avert any limiting decrees by letting of and fixing the egocentric mistakes we have made that have caused us pain, ( teshuva), by giving of ourselves to others ( tzedekeh) and by plugging into God through prayer ( tefilah)
Rosh Hashanah is about expanding our consciousness to the awareness of God as King, as melech. By this, we do not mean a man on the throne, but rather melech refers to the unified divine order of life. Creation is imbued with divine purpose and divine order. When we acknowledge God as melech, through divine grace we are given direct insight into the experience of this unified divine order as well as access to the hidden and ancient treasure chest of blessings. There is an awesome God revelation unique to Rosh Hashanah. The holiness and potential of our own souls is revealed to us. This vision of new possibilities empowers us to go forward in our lives. As open as we are to believing in God, on Rosh Hashanah we experience that God also believes in us. And God is pouring into us all the love and strength we need for the coming year. MAY WE BE OPEN TO RECEIVE .
Too often in our lives, we feel we live in a box of cause and effect. We regret the past, feel bound by it and we worry about the future. When we experience God as the Source of Life, as the Melech, we can let go of worry and fear, we can surrender and be present in the holy eternal moment of now. Hashem Melech. We see through illusion. We are not bound to the past. Everything is new. We are new. The Rosh Hashanah God revelation is a taste of real freedom, real joy. We can start over, we can recreate our lives. There is order to life, there is purpose and we are each a part of it.
AFFIRMATIONS FOR ROSH HASHANAH ( to be read silently and outloud)
I so much want to experience God as King because God is the source of compassion, love, ecstasy, wisdom, beauty, and all that is good. When I experience God as King, the negative limiting thoughts of the yetzer hara, the voice of doubt, fear and judgment have no domain in my consciousness and the wonderful qualities of God are active and supreme in my life. Who I am is more than enough. I do not judge myself. I relinquish self criticism. God is my judge. God is kind, compassionate and loving and seeks my highest good.
I am surrendered to God. I do not experience myself as a victim, but rather I experience myself as a part of God. I know that on some level, whether it is conscious or not, my soul has chosen the challenges that I have experienced in my life because these were the ways for me to grow. I accept the lessons I have learned in life with love and gratitude even though I may not understand with my mind the reasons for the choices I have made in my life. I am committed to learning, growing, and living in the coming year.
I am committed to living authentically, to give voice to my dreams, my heart and my soul for I know that these all come from God. It is God’s will that I be free, that I be loving, that I be holy, that I be joyful, that I be creative, that I be who I truly am.
I trust that through divine grace all will be revealed. I will be all who I am and all of who God wants me to be. The Creator of the world is the God of Israel, Yud Hay Vav and Hay, the God of compassion. This God is my King and I am God’s holy servant.
I do not fear and I do not hate, for God is my King. I know that my true and lasting happiness rests in doing God’s will. Through serving God on the inside and the outside of my being, I serve the whole of myself and the good of the universe.
This Rosh Hashanah I open to receive a new vision of my life and my service. I rejoice and trust that the power of God that flows through me will empower and guide me to do what I am to do, to meet the people who I need to meet to express more fully who I am. I have faith that God’s kingdom will be established on this earth, there will be peace, a true peace and this makes me very happy and peaceful.